After 13 years as a New York-based performer, teacher, and choreographer, Hannah Seidel has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Dance at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her BA from Pomona College in California and her MFA from the College at Brockport, State University of New York. Hannah has been a Lecturer at Purchase College, SUNY; has performed with Mariah Maloney Dance, Erica Essner Performance Co-op, David Appel, Akiko Furukawa, James Hansen, Kellie Lynch/Tara Burns, Tiffany Mills, and From the Horse's Mouth, and others; and has worked with the New York State Dance Education Association. She also enjoyed years as a company member of Gibney Dance where she performed internationally and led therapeutic workshops helping domestic violence survivors find relaxation and joy in movement creation. Hannah has taught at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts and Interlochen Center for the Arts for multiple summers, and at the College at Brockport, in addition to various university and community master classes. Her choreography has been commissioned for performance with live music and has been performed in New York City and regionally, as well as in locations across the country. Hannah previously served as Education Programs Coordinator at Dance New Amsterdam, expert consultant for the young dancers’ book "Dance: A Practical Guide to Pursuing the Art," has presented research at regional and national conferences, and is certified in Pilates.
“Seidel puts sparkling fire into her movements.” - Quinn Batson, Offoffoff.com, New York City, NY
“…full of beautiful extensions and strong holds which then undid themselves in frantic impulses which coursed like electricity through Seidel’s muscular body.” - Casey Carlsen, City Newspaper, Rochester, NY
Home Place (2014) is an interdisciplinary conversation on Carpatho Rusyn heritage including movement, text, and found sound. (work in progress video)
Untitled (2012) A trio commissioned for performance with music by Robert Patterson.
Beware Moving Bodies (2012) is a site-specific evening-length work asking performers and audience to engage in a mutual process of curiosity and unfolding, rather than assuming, identities.
Untitled (2012) A group work commissioned for performance with music by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.
Where You Begin (2011) considers the subtle shifts that can occur in established relationships over the passage of time. It is understated and personal, intentionally leaving the interpretation of “relationship” open to the viewer.
Illegal Motion (2011) playfully intermixes gendered movement and sound, highlighting the power of women dancing with prowess, passion, and athleticism.
Encounters (2010) was created for a quartet of college freshman, serving as an introduction to contemporary modern dance for some and an investigation into personal expressivity for others. It portrays in microcosm the experience of entering school, meeting new people, and struggling with identity.
My professional experience in New York City showed me the wealth of information I can glean from my fellow dancers. As a company member of Gibney Dance and the Erica Essner Performance Co-op, each dancer contributed movement material to the creation of new repertory works. My personal style was clarified while being simultaneously augmented by the movement voices of my peers. The ability to learn from one’s peers has become an important component in my teaching. I encourage students to recognize the vast amounts of knowledge in each classroom, and to know that each of them contributes an important piece to this whole. This work was developed through such a process.
Lucky Penny (2011) This solo plays to the quirky personality of the dancer it was created for (as a final performance before graduating with a BFA).
if wishes (2010) is a reshaping of one movement of an earlier work (2006), a duet for two dancers whose costume sleeves extend beyond the hands. The hyperbolic reach of the dancers paradoxically deters easy relation with each other.
In Every Other Direction (2007) is a solo I performed numerous times in various locations from New York University’s Tisch Theater to Michigan’s Calumet Theater. It was inspired by a quote from Harry Nilsson’s 1971 animated movie, The Point: “A point in every direction is the same as no point at all.
Beware Moving Bodies
photo by Marielys Burgos
(Untitled), music by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez
Where You Begin
photo by Rebecca Puretz
(Untitled), music by Robert Patterson
photo by Stephen Delas Heras
Contemporary practice in the studio:
Transitions can be frustrating, satisfying, trying, exuberating, and pretty much any other -ing you can think of. When they “work”—when physical and mental pathways flow seamlessly together with common purpose—our joyful, connected bodies can fly. When we’re “having a bad dance day” our connectivity and groundedness are usually suffering.
My classes employ a warm up incorporating principles of release technique and Bartenieff Fundamentals to locate safe alignment in one’s unique body. Drawing on multiple somatic practices, we will work to strengthen and ground ourselves, moving seamlessly in and out of the floor and becoming comfortable with the possibilities of inversion and advanced floor work. Improvisational investigation of class concepts helps to bring us into the full expressive range of our bodies. From here, we can explore our individual versatility, fluidity, and capacity for expansive, dynamic movement. The class will culminate in a phrase challenging each dancer to indulge in transitional and athletic risk taking, safe in the efficient movement patterns and calm internal connectivity developed throughout class.
Contemporary practice in the classroom:
Due to my strong conviction in the multi-faceted intelligence of dancers, I relish teaching seminar courses as much as I do studio courses. Language is powerful. Whether it be movement or body language, the written word, or spoken expression, language opens access to resources, and its creative application can bring joy and facility into any investigative process. Students of dance often assert that with movement as a living language, who needs the written word to communicate? Students of non-movement-based fields make the opposite argument. I believe that to fully articulate ourselves as artists, we must be able to traverse this divide. This can be done by expanding the understanding of research held by many students: body language at a club can be experienced ethnographically, investigated through further research in history and cultural studies, and woven into choreographic inquiry or one’s experience of technique class. For this reason, I enjoy offering movement, dance research, composition, history and aesthetics, somatics, and pedagogy classes equally. Each has something essential to offer to the development of the intelligent moving and thinking individual.
Dance History class experiences Trio A: Purchase College, 2014
Contemporary Modern Technique Class: Purchase College, 2014
Contemporary Modern Technique Class: The College at Brockport, 2011
MFA The College at Brockport, State University of New York 4.0 GPA 2012
BA Pomona College 3.74 GPA 2002
New York University, Tisch School for the Arts 1999-2000
Interlochen Arts Academy 1996-98
Autism Movement Therapy Certification 2014
Pilates Certification 2008
Grand Valley State University Fall 2015-present Assistant Professor of Dance Courses taught: Contemporary Modern Technique Dance Company Dance History Choreography/Improvisation Pedagogy Senior Capstone
Purchase College State University of New York Spring 2013-15 Lecturer Courses taught: Western Dance History (dance majors) Best of 20th and 21st Century Dance (general education) Improvisation Senior Seminar Pilates
The College at Brockport State University of New York Spring 2011-12 Graduate Teaching Assistant Courses taught: Introduction to dance Looking at Dance Substitute Int./Adv. Modern, Ballet, Improvisation
New York University, Tisch School for the Arts Summer Residency 2008-10 Guest Teacher with Gibney Dance Company Courses taught: Int./Adv. Modern Int./Adv. Repertory and Composition
Chase Dance/Hannah Seidel 2015-present
Mariah Maloney Dance 2012-present
Erica Essner Perf. Co-op 2006-10,2012-15
David Appel 2012-14
Tiffany Mills Company 2013
Mark Dendy 2013
Kellie Lynch and Tara Burns 2012
James Hansen Dance 2011-2012
Gibney Dance 2007-10
Chris Ferris and Dancers 2005-10
Akiko Furukawa 2009
Notes In Motion 2006-08
Pi Dance Theatre 2006-08
Hannah Baumgarten 2007
From theHorse's Mouth 2005
Mark Borchelt 2004-05
Née Danse Company 2004
GUEST ARTIST & NON-UNIVERSITY TEACHING
Oakland Dance Festival Contemporary Partnering Master Class 2015
Gibney Dance, New York City Community Workshop Leader 2007-10, 2012-2013 ·Therapeutic movement workshops with domestic violence survivors, children of survivors, adults affected by HIV/AIDS, at risk youth ·Employment Preparation Workshop Leader, in partnership with the Consortium for Worker Education: Resume writing, interview skills, projecting a positive self-image for survivors of domestic violence and socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals ·Community Action Residency Instructor at l’Agora de la Danse, Montreal, Canada
Wells College, NY 2012 Guest teacher of modern technique
Camp Pontiac, Copake, NY Summer Intensive 2012 Head of Dance, Instructor & Choreographer
The State University of New York at Potsdam 2011 Guest teacher of modern technique
Lakeside Memorial Hospital, Brockport, NY 2011 In-service educational lecture/demonstration of Pilates for physical therapists
Young Actor’s Guild, Troy, NY Summer Intensive 2011 Dance Instructor & Choreographer
Erica Essner Performance Co-op, New York City 2006-10 Masterclass/Workshop Instructor: Alaska Dance Theater, Anchorage, AK; Goose Route Dance Festival, Shepherdstown, WV; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI Summer Intensive 2003-07 Dance Faculty ·Beginning and intermediate modern and ballet technique
Assistant to the Director of the Conservatory of Dance 2013-present Purchase College, State University of New York
Administrative/Communications Assistant 2012-15 New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA)
Education Programs Coordinator 2012-2013 Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), New York City
Head of Dance summer 2012 Camp Pontiac, Copake, NY
Studio Manager 2008-10 Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway New York City, NY
Bodies in Motion Marlene Boll Theatre, Detroit, MI April 22, 2016
Sous Preavis (Beneath Notice) Grand Valley State University, MI April 16, 2016
A Caucus Grand Valley State University, MI March 30, 2016
Track II The College at Brockport, NY February 19, 2016
Michigan Water Grand Valley State University, MI December 5, 2015
Kuba Textiles in Sound and Motion Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, NY March 1, 2015
Home Place Dixon Place, NYC, NY June 22, 2014
Untitled commission for performance with music by Robert Patterson Jan Hus Performance Space, NYC, NY August 26, 2012
Beware Moving Bodies (full evening work) ARTISANworks Gallery, Rochester, NY April 22, 2012
Untitled commission for performance with music by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester, NY March 23, 2012
Gravitation The College at Brockport, NY December 2, 2011
Where You Begin The College at Brockport, NY October 6, 2011
Aida Young Actor’s Guild, Troy, NY August 11, 2011
Mulan Jr. Young Actor’s Guild, Troy, NY August 4, 2011
Lucky Penny The College at Brockport, NY May 13, 2011
Critical Pedagogy: Creative Pathways The College at Brockport, NY April 6, 2011
In Passing The College at Brockport, NY April 1, 2011
Illegal Motion The College at Brockport, NY March 24, 2011
Encounters The College at Brockport, NY December 3, 2010
if wishes (2010 remix) The College at Brockport, NY October 21, 2010
Trio New York University Tisch, NYC, NY June 16, 2009
In Every Other Direction Calumet Theater, MI July 14, 2007
Camping Polka Calumet Theater, MI July 14, 2007
if wishes University Settlement, NYC, NY December 8, 2006
Organ Donor Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI August 5, 2005
Hey Ya Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI August 6, 2004
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS and PUBLICATIONS
Contact Improvisation 2016 American College Dance Festival Regional Conference Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Engaging Dance in Social Media 2014 New York State Dance Education Association Annual Conference New York City, NY
Gibney Dance Community Action for Domestic Violence 2012 Performing the World Conference (presented as a Gibney Dance representative) New York City, NY
Re-choreographing Power 2012 Graduate Research Conference The College at Brockport, SUNY
Teaching Touch: Forging Trust Through Movement 2011 NDEO National Conference Minneapolis, MN
Dancers Speak Up: The Creative Essence of Critical Pedagogy 2011 Dance Across the Board New York University, New York City, NY
Titillating Terpsichore: Sensuous vs. Sensual Dance (poster presentation) 2011 Research that Matters: An Exposition of Graduate Research in SUNY and CUNY Empire State Plaza, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY
Titillating Terpsichore: Sensuous vs. Sensual Dance (paper) 2011 Scholar’s Day, the College at Brockport, SUNY
(How Funked Up Balloons Protest) Critical Pedagogy: Creative Pathways 2011 Scholar’s Day, the College at Brockport, SUNY
Expert Consultant 2010 Fishkin, Rebecca Love. Dance: A Practical Guide to Pursuing the Art. Mankato, MN: Compass Point Books, 2011.
Lighting Designer, Light Board Programmer and Operator, Theatre Technician 1999-2008 Graduation Dance concert, Brockport, NY Hang, focus, design 28 solos and duets
Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theatre, Lincoln Center Institute, NY Light Board Programmer and Operator, Electrician
Bernhard Link Theatrical, NY Light Board Programmer and Operator, Electrician
Harkness Dance Festival, Duke Theater, NY Assistant Production Manager, Electrician
Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI Assistant to the Technical Director, Electrician
Professional performance clips
Performing Space Pixellation by Mariah Maloney
photo by Rebecca Puretz
photo by Katelin Carter
photo by Stephen Delas Heras
Performing Moon Uprising by the Erica Essner Performance Co-op
photo by Darial Sneed
photo by Katelin Carter
Performing The World Is Spinning (and so are we) by David Appel
photo by Stephanie Crousillat
Performing Carnivore by Chris Ferris
Performing View Partially Obstructed by Gibney Dance
photo by Anja Hitzenberger
Friday, August 5 - Saturday, August 6 2016 Buffalo, NY
Dance Days of Buffalo Friday 6-7:30pm Contact Improvisation class Friday 8pm Performance Saturday 8:15-9:15am Pilates class
Thursdays June 23 & 30 2016, 7-8:45pm Grand Rapids, MI
Contact Improvisation classes at Dance in the Annex - come dance with each other, Michigan!
Friday, May 13 2016, 8pm NYC
Chris Ferris & Dancers concert at City Center Studios.
Tuesday, May 10 2016, 7pm NYC
Eden's Expressway Work In Progress showing - please come share your feedback